Winter Vetch

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Winter vetch is a vining legume you’ll see in patches along trails in lower elevation chaparral in Southern California. It’s flowers are an unusal purple, and a closer look reveals various shades of violet, purple and rose.

Its capability to add nitrogen to soil gives it value in crop rotation and no-tillage farming. It is an invasive plant, not native to California.

From today’s run in the Simi Hills.